Must-Do List: Fernie Hikes
Head out and explore the Canadian Rockies on your own two feet. We are spoiled by the range of hiking trail options that surround us in Fernie. Whether you're looking for a short hike with the family, a day hike into the alpine zone, or looking to spend a night out in the backcountry, Fernie has it covered.
These are a few top picks! Visit our Fernie hiking section for more details.
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This challenging loop trail begins at town level climbing to the summit of Mt Proctor at 2390 m. Definitely start this hike early in the day. Mount Proctor is an all-day intensive hike allowing adventurers to enjoy a full day hike through an array of habitats.
Fairy Creek Falls
Fairy Creek Falls trail is a great family hike that follows Fairy Creek to a picturesque waterfall at the base of Mount Proctor. Catch it in mid to late spring to see it in full flow! It'll be loud and misty up close - a perfect way to get cool during the warmer summer days.
Lost Boys Trail
Accessible late June to September, you'll start with a scenic ride up Fernie Alpine Resort's Timber Chair. From here, you can follow the Lost Boys Trail through the alpine meadows to the giant boulder garden of Mammoth Droppings. It's a short and easy hike to a spectacular setting thanks to the chairlift ride!
The most epic of hikes in Fernie and definitely one for your 'to-do' list. The gargantuan Bisaro Cave is just one of the amazing landmarks you'll see along the 21km Heiko's Trail. You'll also be passing waterfalls, cliff walls, big mountain passes, canyons, mountain meadows, wildlife and more. Plan a long full day or no-trace tenting.
Mount Fernie Ridge
It's hard to ignore the iconic trapezoid face of Mt. Fernie from town. This popular half day hike switchbacks through dense forest, you'll cross chutes shaped by winter avalanches, and finish with a rocky scramble to the ridge top.
Pace yourself as the view back towards town is breathtaking, and then there's the view into the backcountry to the Three Sisters...
Ancient Ammonite Hike
Fossils indicate that the Lizard Range was once submerged by the oceans. There's probably no bigger proof than this HUGE ammonite fossil.
Its location on the slopes of Castle Mountain is hard to find and is kept fairly secret amongst the locals, though interpretive hikes are hosted by Wild Nature Workshops.
Arriving at the luxurious Island Lake Lodge, it'll be tempting to spend the day dining on the deck overlooking the alluring Three Bears peaks. However, you'd be foolish to not explore beyond.
The Fir Trail wanders through the legendary Old Growth Trail, and around its pristine namesake Lake. All within 60 minutes, leaving plenty of time for a well-earned lunch and beer on the patio.